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January 29, 2021

Exhibitions: Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition

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Hannah Altman, Threshold, 2018. Archival pigment print, 20 x 25 inches.

John Chae, Corinthians 2:9, 2019. Acrylic on canvas and wood, 120 x 70 x 30 inches.

Min Haeng Kang, Circulation, 2019. Paper towels, 59 x 59 x 4 inches.

Feixue Mei, Otherness, 2020. Excerpt from thesis book, 11x 17 inches.

Luis Vasquez La Roche, The Impossibility, 2020. Bricks, palm oil, gunpowder, lemon juice and gold glitter. Photo: LaRissa Rogers.

Aaron Estrada, Corrido, 2020. Razor wire, brown leather, bottle opener, heart stickers, broken heart stickers, beads, camouflage lighter, blue bandana, dirt, red paliacates, tequila, blood, pocket hair comb, coin, mirror, spoke hubcap, star pin, evil eye, smoke, coffee beans, and smudge stick, 18 x 18 x 16 inches.

Mariana Parisca, 100,000 Bolivars Legs, 2020. Print on aluminum, 12 x 18 inches.

View of Kyrae Dawaun, Get Down Pat, 2020. Photo: Dev Hein.

Art & Education is pleased to share the 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts on Exhibitions.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition
Like many other MFA programs in spring 2020, the graduating students at VCUarts were not able to show their work in a final thesis exhibition due to the global pandemic. There have been a wide array of solutions that each student has used to address this challenge, but to approximate a physical thesis exhibition, work by these artists from six VCUarts departments has been gathered here.

The Painting + Printmaking MFA graduates address a wide range of subjects including the slippage of language, queer animism, the wake work of traumatic histories, and diasporic identity as an impossible object.

The Craft/Material Studies MFA graduates explore concepts of identity, sustainability, intimacy, social justice, and material culture. Their work, uniquely positioned at the intersection of craft, performance, and technology, investigates diverse approaches in art making to develop a unique voice and personal vision.

A group of six powerful artists, the 2020 Sculpture + Extended Media MFA graduates worked through the immense trials at the brink of the Covid era to produce bodies of work that promise to help heal and shine light on ways to move forward.

The photographic works of the 2020 Photography + Film MFA graduates explore concepts of intimacy, spirituality, ritual, landscape, and the ways in which we shape relationships with our world.

The 2020 Graphic Design cohort departs VCU with clear eyes, full hearts, and a sweetness that held their community together through the toughest of times. As these students have said: "maybe the real group show is the friends you make along the way..."

Jared Duesterhaus, a Kinetic Imaging graduating MFA, speaks for their cohort with the following text: “The fastest way I can understand myself is to break the whole thing. We are defined by boundaries and the only way to map that is to reach out. So I reach out. Reach out. Reach out. Reach out. Reach out. Reach out.”

Participating artists: Bushra Alsughayer, Hannah Altman, Eric Anthony Berdis, Laura Boban, Bryan Castro, John Chae, Kyrae Dawaun, Jared Duesterhaus, Aaron Estrada, Ash Goodwin, Yonghun Jung, Min Haeng Kang, GM Keaton, Yutong Liu, Andy Lowrie, Feixue Mei, Elizabeth McGrady, Seren Moran, Paige Lizbeth Morris, Umico Niwa, Mariana Parisca, Aidan Quinlan, Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya, Peat Szilagyi, Kate Turner, Luis Vasquez La Roche, and Jason S. Wright.

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